We’ve created a new art installation for the JQ station which will be welcoming visitors to the Jewellery Quarter for years to come. This blog is about the design process and our inspirations behind the artwork.

The artwork showcases the work of Birmingham artists who attended a lino printing workshop by Collette McCann and Beth Ingleton; avid lino printers and designers from Birmingham City University.

The artists were from JQ Heritage Creatives, an art project which first started in lockdown as an online session for Birmingham based artists, with workshops facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Tom Tyrell, to create art inspired by the history of the Jewellery Quarter. This project was funded and supported by ATHAC, The Hive, JQ Townscape Heritage Project and JQ Cemeteries Project.

Tom Tyrell
Carol Reid

The workshop involved a trip around the Waterstone Lane Cemetery to discover the use of symbols and to seek inspiration for their designs to showcase and celebrate the rich history and beauty in the cemeteries. From sketching in the cemeteries to lino cutting and printing their designs, the artists have each explored a new printing method and together, produced a collection that celebrates the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.

The finished Artwork will be installed soon on Platform 1 – keep an eye out for it’s appearance!

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

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We are very excited about 'Diamonds in the Rough' a unique tour with storytelling & live performance, exploring queer history in the JQ Cemeteries for LGBT History Month.
Join Sheldon K Goodman and
Sacha Coward from @thecemeteryclub
on 12th-14th February:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diamonds-in-the-rough-tour-tickets-251264879017

#lgbthistory #valentinesday #birmingham #jewelleryquarter #jewelleryquarterbirmingham #cemetery #tour #birminghamheritage
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Released to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2021, this video explores some of the nocturnal animals which make the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries their home. They might be hard to spot, but we can often see the traces they leave behind.

Emily Doyle @oldbort is a multidisciplinary visual artist who moved to the Jewellery Quarter as a student in 2015 and never left. Her practice focuses on the biological, looking for comfort in the physicality that connects us all during changing times. Throughout lockdown, Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries have been a source of inspiration and respite for Emily and the sites have shaped her creative output through 2020 and 2021, Like many, she has found the JQ Cemeteries to be a place of grounding and reflection.

Sustainability is at the forefront of Emily's work. The textile sculptures in this film were all made using reclaimed textiles, including some sourced through Scrapstore Birmingham.

This film commission was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust

#cemetery #cemeterywildlife #fox #crochet #jewelleryquarterbirmingham
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The star of the final @oldbort cemeyery seasons film of the year, which drops on 21st December has taken up residence right next to the @jqbid Christmas window at the Big Peg!
You can see this fox in his den anytime during the window trail. We can't wait for his on camera debut!
#crochet #creative #jewelleryquarter #birmingham #christmaswindow #jqchristmas #cemeterywildlife
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This project is possible because of funding from: